8 restaurant menu design tips


Great restaurant menu designs can enhance a dining experience, help customers makes satisfying choices and stimulate appetite. However, a menu is more than just a list of the dishes a restaurant has available; it is an advertising tool capable of communicating a restaurant’s identity and driving profit – if it’s well designed.  Here, we discuss several […]

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Photoshop Brush Tool basics: the Brush Panel


In the previous article in this series, you learned the most basic information every designer needs to know about the Photoshop Brush Tool. With this one, we’ll learn how to more precisely control the brush, and push the limits of its use. The most complex settings for brushes can be found in the Brush Panel. Open […]

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4 killer web design styles and the tools you need to achieve them


To get the most out of a website, you need to style it. It can be difficult to choose the right way to go, with aspects like industry, brand identity, client preference, and target demographic all coming in to play an important part. Choosing a style just based on one of these factors would be […]

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A guide to using photography as metaphor in graphic design

Road 2

The image of a bride and groom staring off into the distance together means a whole lot more than “there were once two people who looked out a window.” (Photo by Luke Chan). It conveys a sense of shared goals, resolve, the promise of opportunity — and plenty more, considering on the photo’s specific attributes. How does […]

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How mobile devices are changing what designers do

Mobile Devices

The PewResearch Internet Project estimates that 63% of adult cell owners use their phones to access the Internet, and finds that 34% of cell Internet users go online mostly from their phones. Industry experts believe that by 2015 more traffic will come from mobile devices than from desktop or laptop computers. Additionally, the variety of web-capable mobile devices […]

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How to create a basic brand style guide


Most companies use a brand style guide — a book or document that sets rules on how the brand is visually presented to the public. These rules will instruct employees how to properly use and communicate a brand’s visual identity, from proper logo usage, the brand color scheme, the look of the website and print materials […]

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How to create better blog designs


Nowadays, it’s no secret that blogs are a way of life. You read them every day, so when you decide to make the jump and actually create one for yourself, whether for your personal life or a business, you’re probably familiar with the sharing format. With so many customization options to choose from, you could […]

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Photoshop Brush Tool basics


Photoshop brushes are some of the simplest yet most powerful tools available in Adobe Photoshop. And many designers don’t know their full power! So my goal with this four part series is to change this, and show designers how to easily access and utilize Brushes. For this first part, we’ll go over the basics. Start […]

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7 steps to an effective landing page


A landing page is an effective way to drive sales for any business. The majority of websites share a similar range of assets — about us pages, contact pages, etc. But a great landing page is something that takes time to produce. Landing page designs will vary, depending on the industry that you’re in. However, […]

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Master the art of app design by balancing design and functionality


There are thousands of mobile apps available for Android and iPhone. What makes the top grossing apps successful is that they can find the right balance between design and functionality. This partnership between the two makes an app skyrocket into success. Lets take a look at a couple of the most success designs out there, and […]

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